SCHOOL PROGRAMS


Bringing History to Life in Ipswich

Whether you are teaching about early colonial life, the American Revolution, Paleo-Indian settlements, 19th-20th century art, or anything in between, the Ipswich Museum can help enrich your lessons and excite your students. Utilizing hands-on and object-based learning we can work with your class to customize a museum visit or in-class presentation. Our programs are designed to work with different age groups, across disciplines, and reflect the current standards of the DESE curriculum frameworks. Our programs are also rooted in the culture, history and geography of Ipswich and the greater Boston and North Shore area, but integrate broader themes and issues that connect the region to the world beyond its boundaries.

The Ipswich Museum offers a wide array of resources for teachers and students ranging from primary source material, original artifacts and documents to one of the best preserved examples of first period architecture with the 1677 Whipple House, in addition to a 5.8-acre conservation meadowland abutting the Ipswich River, the collection of the historic 1800 Federalist style Heard House, a 17th century architectural replica Alexander Knight House, and the largest collection of the prolific and influential 20th century artist Arthur Wesley Dow and his protégés.

We have a variety of programming possibilities that can be customized to your school’s needs.  To schedule a field trip or classroom visit, email educator@ipswichmuseum.org at least two weeks in advance of the time you would like to schedule.


Life as a Child in the 17th Century:

Students are encouraged to imagine themselves living their daily lives in the 1677 Whipple House and 17th century Ipswich. Museum teachers identify four basic needs for living in any era: food, clothing, shelter, and transportation. Through a tour of the Whipple and Knight houses and four hands-on activities, we explore how children in the 17th century contributed significantly to meeting these needs for their families. We also help students better understand their worlds by examining contrasts and comparisons with the 21st century. This program is a great compliment to a classroom lesson on early American history, economics, or engineering. PDF icon Relevance to Grade 1 Massachusetts Frameworks.pdf

Cost: $7 per student

Time: 2 hours

 

A Victorian Childhood in the Heard House

Tour the 1800 Heard House at the Ipswich Museum with your students. Learn about the Heard family, some of the children who lived in the house, and the Ipswich Female Seminary. Just like Alice Leeds Heard, a trained copyist painter, students will paint their own copy of the John Heard portrait. Finally, if time and weather permit, students will get to play historic games outside. This program compliments a classroom lesson on 19th century American history or art.

Cost: $7 per student

Time: 2 hours

 

Ipswich Art: Where Land Meets Water

Explore a series of paintings by Ipswich artists depicting the salt marsh, the Ipswich River, or other landscapes with bodies of water. Students will learn about the use of color, line, and notan and how each affects a painting. Students will also engage in close-looking activities, drawing from Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). At the end, students will get their chance to practice what they learned by sketching outside, if weather is favorable, or inside if it is not. This program is a great compliment to a classroom lesson on ecology or art.

Cost: $7 per student
Time: 1.5 hours
Take it to you: Skip the cost of a bus and bring this program to your school. Must have visual projection equipment.
Cost: $100 per classroom, plus mileage charges when exceeding 20 miles
Time: 1 hour

 

The North Shore and the China Trade

Students will visit the Ipswich Museum for a hands-on workshop on the 19th century China trade. Through museum collections, students will learn about the Augustine Heard & Co. and the production of porcelain in China during this me. Participants will also get to practice producing painted “china” together in a group activity. This program compliments a classroom lesson on 19th century American history, Chinese history, art, or economics.

Cost: $7 per student
Time: 2 hours
Take it to you: Skip the cost of a bus and bring this program to your school. Must have visual projecting equipment in a space where students can be split into working groups.
Cost: $100 per classroom, plus mileage charges when exceeding 20 miles
Time: 1 hour

 

Take a Historic House Tour
Schedule a group tour for your class of one or more of our three historic houses.
Options include the 1800 Heard House, including the Arthur W. Dow Collection or the 1677 Whipple House and a reproduction of the 1657 Knight House.
Cost: $5 per student for the Heard House or Whipple and Knight Houses
Time: 1 hour
Cost: $8 per student for all three houses
Time: 2 hours
Lectures on the Arthur W. Dow Collection with the Dow Curator are also available. Please email educator@ipswichmuseum.org for scheduling and costs.

Artifacts in the Classroom

If you are studying a topic in class and would like to include historic and/or artistic objects in your lesson, let us know. IM’s curator and educator will work with you to determine what from the Museum’s collection fits your lesson plan and if it’s fit to travel. Then one or both of them will come to your school to present the artifacts to your students.

Accessibility

Due to the nature of historic buildings, some of the rooms in the Museum are only accessible through narrow doorways or upstairs. If this won’t work for your group, please let us know at the time of booking and we will try to move activities to accessible rooms.

Scheduling

To schedule a field trip or classroom visit, email educator@ipswichmuseum.org at least two weeks in advance of the time you would like to schedule. Payment is due at the beginning of the program. IM requires field trip groups to have one chaperone for every ten children; these adults will not be charged for the visit. Additional chaperones will be charged the student rate.

Ipswich Museum | 54 South Main Street | Ipswich, MA 01938 | Tel: 978.356.2811 | info@ipswichmuseum.org

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